It's no revelation that pregnancy can be a stressful and exhausting nine-month journey for both expectant mother AND father. After all, parents-to-be are focused on preparing for their new arrival, both physically and mentally. That’s why the trend of taking a babymoon, a trip future parents take before the arrival of their child, has become so popular in recent years.
A babymoon isn’t your average vacation though and after polling expecting mothers (including my wife) I learned that three factors more than anything else are important to consider when planning this special trip.
What may be considered the perfect getaway changes dramatically when there’s a baby on the way. Just a few months earlier, the couple may have sought out destinations where they could be active and enjoy the local nightlife. When expecting though those desires temporarily are dismissed in favor of something entirely different. Babymooners should consider the three R’s when picking the perfect vacation spot: Romance, Relaxation and Remoteness. If you can check these important boxes, then you’re well on your way to the perfect babymoon. Be careful though, many mothers-to-be mention all-inclusive resorts, but those can sometimes cater to loud groups, families or people just looking to consume too much booze. Instead seek out hotels and resorts that specifically offer babymoon packages that can include anything from baby bump photos shoots, restful prenatal massages and even a cigar or two for dad.
A healthy diet is imperative to embryonic development and expecting mothers aren't looking at the babymoon as a break from their nine-months of smart eating. If anything, food is one of the key components to consider when planning a babymoon. Wherever the expecting couple decides to vacation, they need to make certain that the foods are compatible with the diet that they've been practicing at home. It pays to research the local fare to see if there are enough options for the future mother without straying too far from this important diet regimen. While we were babymooning in St. Barth, our resort, the Tom Beach Hoteland their on-site restaurant, did a fine job catering to my wife's needs with their ample fish selection (for some well-needed DHA) and fresh-squeezed juice bar, a nice substitute to sipping sugary virgin cocktails.
Almost every aspect of having children is expensive, from diapers to planning for college. That’s why for most parents it just doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money on an expensive babymoon. With a little planning and searching for deals though, couples can enjoy a relaxing babymoon without sacrificing that fancy stroller. Babymoons can be any type of trip, from island escapes to a cozy bed & breakfast just an hour or two away from home. The destination isn’t as important as the trip; the chance to get away from the stress of baby prep and to spend a romantic weekend alone with your spouse.
How did you spend your babymoon?
Noah Lederman writes the travel blog Somewhere Or Bust. His travel writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun-Times, Islands Magazine, the Economist, and elsewhere. Visit his blog to get your free copy of his humorous travel ebook, Misadventures in Southeast Asia. You can also follow his (mis)adventures on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+.
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